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Dell Dimension 2400

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Airesz, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. Airesz

    Airesz Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell Dimension 2400 computer. This system comes with an Intel Celeron 2.7 GHz processor 256 MB of ram and a 70GB hard drive. The other day I was reinstalling Windows Xp on this system. Everything was going ok for about 30 minutes when all of the sudden the computer just shut itself off. I did some investigating and found that my heatsink was so hot to the touch I could not hold it without a pair of gloves on. I removed the heatsink and processor and I noticed that the thermal compound was very runny almost like water.

    I have not had any issues before this with this computer. Can anyone inform me why my heatsink got that hot and why my thermal past got like that?

    I am going to apply new Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound.
     
  2. win2kpro

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    Check your fan. With the Dell passiver cooling system the fan must be working perfectly to pull enough air across the heatsink for cooling. I don't recall exactly how any air inlets are arranged on the chassis, but pull the front cover and make sure everything is clean for air to enter the case.
     
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